Did you buy a new computer and are now wondering how to transfer your iTunes backups to it? It's actually not a difficult process, and it can be done in just a few minutes on most kinds of computers. Here are some instructions and tips on how to transfer iTunes backup to another computer, depending on what kind of system you have:
The first thing you need to do is find out where your backup data is stored on your computer (the path of the file). This will be different depending on what OS you happen to use. For example, if you use:
The path to the folder will be in: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Windows Vista and Above
The path to the folder will be in: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
You backup path will be in: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
If you use Windows and want to launch your app data folder quickly, you can go to Start > Run (or simply go to the search bar in Windows Vista and higher), then type in "%appdata%".
After you've located the folder where your backup is, you will have to install iTunes on your other computer (the one that you are transferring iPhone backup to). You can't use the backup unless you have iTunes installed, after all.
Next, you can transfer iPhone backup to new computer manually using an external disk drive, or you can use some kind of online file transfer service to send the files to the new computer. WeTransfer and Uploaded.net work well for this. You can also use DropBox of Google's services. Just keep in mind that you will have to put the backup file in the same folder on the new computer as you had on the old computer.
How Do You View and Use Backup Files on a New Computer?
There may be times when you will want to view the files in the backup and even restore portions of it. How do you do that, though? Well, since you can't do this with iTunes (you can only restore the whole backup), you will have to use a powerful third-party application called iMyFone iTransor, previously named iMyFone D-Port Pro.
iTransor can help you in a lot of ways
- Backing up iOS devices selectively or completely.
- Previewing and retoring backups to either merge backup with iPhone data or replace iPhone data with backup.
- Restoring backups as a whole or selectively (Contacts, Messages, WhatsApp and WeChat), it's all up to you.
- Previewing and exporting your data from backups or directly from iOS devices.
If this seems like it would be useful to you, you can take a look at the complete user guide for iMyFone iTransor online. You can find what iTransor can do for you:
If you need to move iPhone backup to new computer, it only takes a few minutes and you only need a simple USB drive (or an online service that can transfer files). If you want to enjoy and use the data in backups, though, it's a good idea to try iMyFone iTransor. With this software, you can do basically whatever you want with your backups.